Kept

Kept

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When Henry Ireland dies unexpectedly from what appears to be a riding accident in August 1863, the failed landowner leaves behind little save his high-strung young widow, Isabel--who somehow ends up in the home of Ireland's friend James Dixey. A celebrated naturalist, Dixey collects strange trophies in his secluded, decaying manse and has questionable associations with rather unsavory characters--including a pair of thuggish poachers named Dewar and Dunbar. Dixey's precocious, inquisitive young servant, Esther, cannot turn a blind eye to the suspicious activities surrounding her. While in the crime-ridden streets of London, a determined captain of Scotland Yard follows the threads that may well link a daring train robbery to the disappearance of a disturbed heiress as well as to the possible murder of Henry Ireland.

D. J. Taylor's Kept is a gorgeously intricate, dazzling reinvention of Victorian life and passions that is also a riveting investigation into some of the darkest, most secret chambers of the human heart.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 463 pages
  • 139.7 x 205.74 x 33.02mm | 385.55g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061146099
  • 9780061146091
  • 1,578,008

Review quote

A gripping tale, crafted with passion and intelligence, and an honorable addendum to the golden age of the English novel. --Simon Baker, New Statesman"
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497 ratings
2.92 out of 5 stars
5 11% (56)
4 21% (104)
3 30% (150)
2 24% (119)
1 14% (68)
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